LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 13, 2017) - Among the graduates of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale that have won major stakes this year are two horses that each captured Grade 1 races at Saratoga on Aug. 26. The first was Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Practical Joke, who won the H. Allen Jerkens (G1), and Gary and Mary West’s West Coast, winner of the $1.25 million Travers Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
Dominant as a 2-year-old for trainer Chad Brown when he won the Hopeful (G1) and the Champagne (G1), Practical Joke never has slowed down as shown in his win at Saratoga.
Brian Graves, director of public sales for Gainesway, purchased the Into Mischief colt at Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale as Clear Ridge in partnership with George Bolton and agent John Moynihan. Practical Joke was consigned by Gainesway, agent, to the 2015 September Sale and purchased by Aquinnah Ventures for $240,000.
“I first saw Practical Joke at the Keeneland January sale,” Graves said. “He was a standout physically – he would catch the eye immediately. The best part was his walk, an effortless, unhinged way of moving, and he walked like that the entire time at the sale, and the entire time that we owned him for that matter.”
Click here to read more about Practical Joke, who trainer Chad Brown calls “our iron horse,” and watch him sell at Keeneland.
The Wests’ bloodstock agent, Ben Glass, bought West Coast, a colt by Flatter out of champion Caressing, for $425,000 at the 2015 sale from the consignment of Hermitage Farm, agent.
“Everyone on the team really liked him a lot,” Glass said. “He was so athletic-looking and had such a great athletic walk.”
Click here for more about how Glass selected West Coast, bred by CFP Thoroughbreds, at the September Sale and watch him sell. Trained by Bob Baffert, the colt is scheduled to make his next start in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx on Sept. 23.